Mastectomy and the Deconstructed Bra
Art Bra created for the Calgary Sewfest 2006's silent auction to raise funds for breast cancer and the Alberta Cancer Foundation. The silent auction was held January 20 & 21, 2006.
"Mirror, mirror on the wall ... how does one define "the fairest of them all"? It is a question pondered by all women faced with the loss of a breast: what is fundamental to womanhood? The nipple, the areola, the plump curve of the breast - when these are gone, what is left? This deconstruction of that essential womanly armour, the bra, illustrates the reworking of the metaphysical assumptions all women have about femininity that becomes necessary at these times and encourages one to look beyond the superficial form to see through to the core of the soul."
Materials: Bras cut into pieces - underwire, hook and eye, straps, and size labels. Breasts made out of fabric discs and beads, representing all different sizes and the different varieties.
The quote on the front of the piece is:
A woman is often measured by the things she cannot control. She is measured by the way her body curves or doesn't curve, by where she is flat or straight or round. She is measured by 36-24-36 and inches and ages and numbers, by all the outside things that don't ever add up to who she is on the inside. And so, if a woman is to be measured, let her be measured by the things she can control; by who she is and who she is trying to become. Because every woman knows, measurements are only statistics and statistics lie. -Janet Champ